Adventure Update from Boogie

Boogie plays the cittra

Boogie cittra

Hello!

I'm back home again safe and sound.  We had a very very early start!  Cyprus is two hours ahead of UK time and the flight was really early, so we got up at 2am GMT!  Taxi ride, back to the Turkish side of Cyprus and then flew back home again.  I had a lovely stay in Cyprus, but it was a bit short! I enjoyed watching a band play Cyprus music, but I haven't got any pictures of that.

So I'm back home again for a few days and thought it was time I tried some instruments.  My family are very musical and are going to let me have a go on all their intruments and I'm going to tell you all about them!  The instrument I decided I wanted to play today was the Swedish Cittra, it was sitting on the side and I could hear it talking to me. Well, not really talking, but it has 89 strings and they all ring slightly when you talk, it makes you sound a little like you're in the bathroom.  Cittra is really zither in English and you can get different types.  The one I'm playing in the picture is a chord-cittra, you basically strum the chords that are laid out with your right hand and damp the previous chord down with your left hand.  You're supposed to sing at the same time, but I found that really hard! You can get them with a melody string area too, they look amazing, but really hard.  This instrument was really popular in the early 1900s in Sweden, especially in churches.  I've found a link to an American chap playing a slightly more developed version of this instrument, he is amazing, a guy calld Ekam - awesome stuff!

I'm off travelling again this week, so maybe I'll have another new instrument to try later one!  Take care!  (Especially, Noah, Finlay, Jacob and Daisy - thank you so much for having me to stay!!!)
Lots of cuddles
Boogie

 
 
 
 
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This update was posted by Vx over 9 years ago.

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